29 December 2008
Fighting the censors: score one for the blogs
We are all familiar with the way in which the laws are used to silence dissent via the courts, but did you know that an injunction can be taken out which forbids mention of itself?
Guido Fawkes has become a victim of such a gagging attempt by Zac Goldsmith and Jemima Khan, his sister. Jemima is pictured on the left, without her brown paper bag but flashing her well trimmed bush for the cameras, and the injunction aims at preventing mention of Zac's shagging proclivities. However, the order is also supposed to prevent mention of its own existence - it is a kind of double gag if you like.
Guido has a good set of balls and seems to enjoy a ruck so he has not only ignored the injunction but the actual paperwork has been uploaded to Wikileaks where we can all savour it at our leisure. What this means is that Goldsmith has now received more publicity of the unwelcome kind than he would had he not tried to do over Guido in the first place.
Of course the whole point of legislation like this is not to intimidate the Guido's of this world. The aim is to loosen the bowels of those less willing to go up to the line. Sadly, that means most of the people in Britain.